Wednesday, June 30, 2010
iPhone 4 rant
Ok quick rant about the iPhone 4!
It’s new and shiny and people can’t stop talking about it! Literally, this is all that is on the news. Apparently if you hold the bottom of the phone a certain way, it loses signal and can even drop the call! People are so worked up about this that there is even a class action lawsuit starting against Apple over this! You bought a phone you had never seen or touched before and it didn’t live up to your expectations. Someone call a lawyer. You deserve all of Steve Jobs’ millions of dollars for this outrage! If you don’t like it, then you can fucking return it. You can hold it a different way, you could even buy a case for it. You could use your iphone 3Gs. No one forced you to buy an iPhone 4. Sometimes things just don’t quite work as well as you’d like.
Here is a “funny” video poking fun at iphone 4 fanboys (or fangirls in this case). It’s always easy to kick around the fanboys for a few good laughs, but of course the shopkeeper fails to bring up any of the features the iphone 4 IS actually better at, such as the high resolution retina display, the new gyroscope, the fact that it works with their numerous iphone ready accessories, and the big one: It syncs with their iTunes.
Actually, there is really nothing revolutionary about the iPhone 4. What is revolutionary is still the iPhone. Apple already has the music player market cornered with their iPods and iTunes, and when a phone was added to that: BOOM revolution in smart phones. People like the iPhone because it’s easy. Because it really does just work for them. Other phones might let you install whatever app you want or have a slightly bigger screen, but until you can make the experience easier than the iPhone + iTunes, people will still want the iPhone because that’s what their smartphone experience is built around now. If anyone wants to compete, they will have to tear customers away from their already established investment in iTunes. It can be done, but you’ll need a prettier phone/mp3 player than even Apple can make. Good luck.
For that reason, I still prefer my original iPhone to any of the new phones out today. The iPhone 4 isn’t any more another revolution than a droid or evo or hero or any other iPhone killer. But if someone wants to spend the extra money for the new iPhone 4, let them. It doesn’t automatically make them a fanboy. It just means they will be the first to find these issues and let the rest of us know. That’s the risk you take with a pre-order.
Extra Bonus Rant:
It’s just a phone! Who cares!?